Japan backs ECOMIB with US$44,800

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan has donated US$44, 800 to ECOWAS in support of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), the ECOWAS Commission announced Thursday.

It said the cheque for the grant was made on 22 March at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, by the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Maruo Shinichi.

Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, who received the cheque on behalf of the Commission, reiterated ECOWAS' commitment to the success of ECOMIB.

The grant will be used for the electrification of the Level 2 Hospital in Guinea Bissau, which caters for ECOWAS personnel in ECOMIB Headquarters as well as the local people.

Peace and stability will be one of the issues that will dominate the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), to be held in Japan in June this year and attended by Heads of States, ministers and high-level officials of African states and partner countries and organisations.

Mr. Shinichi used the opportunity to stress the importance of deepening regional integration for effectively promoting African development.

Japan recently contributed US$6 million in emergency grant to help address the instability in the Sahel region to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) and the UN Trust Fund, particularly the Mission’s land mine-sweeping activities..

Since 2000, Japan has contributed some US$5.7 million to ECOWAS regional projects, including US$3 million for the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP) and some US$2 million as contribution to regional capacity building of ECOWAS citizens and institutions on the Proliferation and Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana.
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28 march 2013 14:07:58

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